The Sunset Kings is a six-piece indie-rock band featuring guitar, bass, drums, violin, and saxophone, all strung together by soulful vocals. Call us the dark side of Bruno Mars' mind reflecting Boston's new sound--vocals flexing over different genres and incorporating poetry inspired by the nation's greatest poets right now.
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What to Expect
The Sunset Kings is an indie-rock band featuring vocals, guitars, bass, drums, violin, and saxophone. Their sound draws from an eclectic list of influences spanning from The Doors, Radiohead and Bruno Mars to Snarky Puppy, BADBADNOTGOOD, and The Mars Volta. Formed in Boston in 2015, The Sunset Kings live in a music house (The Music Factory) and put forth a raw and developed sound that can only grow out of the tensions of spending everyday with your closest friends in life, business, and art.
The Sunset Kings is a six-piece indie-rock band featuring vocals, guitar, bass, drums, violin, and saxophone. Their unique style of jazz-fusion is strung together with soulfully expressive melodies, and their list of influences looks more like an eclectic Spotify playlist: The Doors, Nirvana, Snarky Puppy, The Dear Hunter, Frank Ocean, BADBADNOTGOOD, Pretty Lights, The Mars Volta, and Dream Theater among them. Formed in Boston, The Sunset Kings first began during the summer of 2015, after frontman Allister Quilon (Star) took a car and guitar from Boston to Texas and back, wandering into bars in Connecticut, Kansas City, Indiana, Denver, Austin, and Virginia to play music. With a notebook full of lyrics and ideas written during this road trip, he began collaborating with Seattle guitarist Matthew Hughes (Hue) and jazz drummer Mike Larsen to create a modern sound fueled by storytelling and poetry. Together they set out to find other musicians who shared a vision of contributing their own styles and musical backgrounds to create a sound that’s eclectic and aesthetic. It wasn’t long before Hue’s brothers Zach (Z$$$ -pronounced Zmoney-) and Nick Shannon (Shag) flexed their own musical talents. Zach, a tech-savvy wunderkind with an ear for harmony, designs and produces the sound for the band’s recordings and live shows, and Shag, the grandson of one of Berklee’s first female guitarists, picked up the bass. Hannah Lopez (Poemä) joined The Sunset Kings on the violin, adding an amazing orchestral touch to their sound. Shortly after, saxophonist Ritchy Lamarre (Maxwell) earned his place in the band after his first jam due to his classy yet hip energy inside and outside the practice room. The result is a group who live together in a home where music is a business and a passion. The house later became known as “The Music Factory”, named after the amount of music projects happening within the house and improvisational sessions between the six lasting late into the night laid the foundation for the group to become the music soul child that it is now, and earned them the name “The Sunset Kings”. Common themes in their music range from parallels of love, life and loss with profound metaphor and wordplay as key components. Their mission being their ongoing stride to provide people with quality music that stimulates the mind, embraces the heart and touches the aura of an individual. Lyrically, Star creates a cinematic landscape drawing from writers such as Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Lana Del Rey, and Frank Ocean. Together, the band puts forth a sound beyond the capabilities of an individual, reflective of a life of commitment to their instruments and their art. The Sunset Kings’ first full-length album "The Ballad of Bella Fury" is set to be released in the fall of 2017.
Past Booked Events
|October 22, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||SomerStreets|
Influences & Inspiration
The Sunset Kings' unique style of jazz-fusion is strung together with soulfully expressive melodies, and their list of influences looks more like an eclectic Spotify playlist: from The Doors, Radiohead, Bruno Mars and Lana del Rey to BADBADNOTGOOD, The Mars Volta, Snarky Puppy and The Dear Hunter.